MONROE COUNTY, Ga. — Monroe County deputies are investigating after a train and car wreck that killed three people.
According to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, it happened at a private crossing near Goodwyne Road and Collier Road just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The release says a car got stuck while crossing the train tracks when another person, 47-year-old Chris Burkett, tried to help the passengers get out of the car.
While Burkett was trying to help passengers 93-year-old Shirley Treadwell and 66-year-old Debra Ruth Hall, they were hit by a Norfolk Southern train, killing all three people.
The sheriff's office says emergency responders cleared the scene around 8:30 p.m.
13WMAZ reached out to Norfolk Southern, who said they’re aware of the accident, but have no additional information beyond what the sheriff's office released.
"We are saddened by this tragedy, and we know these families, friends and neighbors are wrestling with grief. Our thoughts are with them," wrote Norfolk Southern.
In the release, Anna Lewis with the sheriff’s office wrote, “This is a tragic loss for all three families and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences go out to the families.”
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